Cardiac Genetic Testing

cardiac genetic testing

Through our comprehensive cardiomyopathy panel we offer cardiac genetic testing. Cardiomyopathy is a disease that can lead to heart failure by making it hard for the heart to pump blood to the rest of the body.

This test is used to examine genes associated with hereditary cardiomyopathies, including dilated cardiomyopathy, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy, and hereditary arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. Patients that identify with hereditary cardiomyopathy can make lifestyle changes, take medications, have surgery, and use implantable devices to reduce their risk of heart failure. Family members can also be tested to help define their risk. Close relatives can have a 50% risk if a pathogenic variant is identified in your patient.

This test is suggested if there is a history of heart disease, cardiomyopathy, and heart attack.

We also recommend testing if a patient experiences symptoms such as, chest pain, fatigue, palpitations, dizziness, heart arrhythmia, shortness of breath, abnormal heart rate, swelling of the extremities, weight gain, history of heart attack or heart disease. 

This test is a minimally invasive test, in which we use a genetic swab. Once the lab receives the sample, the results can take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks.

 

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